Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Sheep family
Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Sheep family
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Sheep Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sheep were recorded, including Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Sheep family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sheep family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sheep family emigrate to North America:
Sheep Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sheep (post 1700)
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